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As was highlighted in a January 2014 Wall Street Journal article titled “In the Dog House: Pet-Friendly Luxury Design”, this property was developed to accommodate owners Mario and Julie Greco’s brood of dogs.  The double wide and extra deep lot in Old Irving Park was the perfect setting for the dogs to roam freely and enjoy the benefit of the space typically found in the suburbs while enjoying the proximity of living and working in the City.  The quiet solitude of the neighborhood was also appealing, allowing the owners to escape clatter and noise. 

 

 
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After my wife and I finished a complete renovation of our house in Lincoln Park, we vowed never to do it again – cost overruns and delays caused by our builder and the realities (or what we thought were realities) of this type of project were two major reasons. Of course, those were the famous last words once I met the principals of Spearhead Properties. The obvious attention to detail and their follow through on promises made to clients that I met got me to thinking: maybe we’ll do it one last time. After all, they seemed so different from our previous builder and many of the other ones I had met over the years. We embarked on a 2-year project in Old Irving Park and moved in June 2009. My wife and I made changes on the fly and team suggested certain tweaks and the house was still finished on-time and up to a level we can honestly say we had never experienced before. Their subcontractor and vendor relationships are strong and everyone who touched the house was artisan-caliber. This opinion was recently objectively confirmed when our home won the 2009 Crystal Key Award from the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Chicago – the “best picture Oscar” for homebuilding. We strongly recommend Spearhead without reservation and with full confidence that they will not only deliver what was planned – but the project will surpass all expectations and change the preconceived notions one has about building their dream home.
— Mario & Julie Greco - Tripp Homeowners

Originally named “Irvington” from Sleepy Hollow author George Irving, Old Irving Park began its period of growth in the 1870’s when the area’s almost 200 acres were purchased as farmland by four New York investors for $20,000.  With the success of suburban communities happening at the time, the farmland was subdivided to create an upscale neighborhood. Wealthy Chicagoans that wanted to escape the city moved into newly built mansions and the neighborhood was annexed into the city of Chicago in 1889. Old Irving Park steadily gained population throughout the decades with the ornate Victorian and Italianate inspired homes built on larger lots that are a rarity in Chicago.  Along with being within close proximity to the Blue Line and the expressway, Old Irving is a popular choice by those who are seeking convenient access to the City but are looking to live in a more open suburban environment.

 

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Architect Chris Walsh's primary goals were to create a home that conveyed the historic look and feel of the 1800’s and to capture as much of natural light radiating through the home.  For the home’s interior, distinguished Interior Designer Suzanne Lovell, along with the guidance of her talented team of Amy Cassell and Jeffrey Kebschull, created a fresh and welcoming traditional feel.  The almost 6,600 square foot home has a rich brick and limestone façade and a refined Tudor architecture with slate roof at the façade. Handcrafted copper gas light fixtures by Charleston Lighting flank the custom walnut double door entryway.  Twelve foot ceilings on the first floor along with furniture-quality cabinetry by Crown Point from New Hampshire also brought a superior level of quality.   The homes plumbing fixtures were fitted by Water Works.  A noteworthy sustainable feature was also incorporated. 4713 Tripp has a large capacity geothermal heating and cooling system that produces no carbon emissions.